Oh, Michael Bay. Already the bane of most fanboys for his explosively ridiculous (literally) Transformers film series, the blockbuster producer has now teased some upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tweaks that will likely merit even more scorn from sci-fi fans. Namely, they won’t actually be mutants anymore. Huh?
Bay is directing the new live-action Ninja Turtles film (not to be confused with the weirdly cute new TV series) and spilled a bit about the project at a recent Nickelodeon event. It’s safe to say that at least one choice comment about his take on the revered tale of mutated sewer turtles with an odd affection for pizza will likely not sit well with fans.
“When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with this movie,” he said. “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
As any Turtle traditionalist knows, the namesake ninjas started out as common turtles that were exposed to radioactive goo and suddenly grew up man-sized. Making them aliens? Seems like a weird and unnecessary move.
That “tough, edgy, funny” bit is also worrying. Anyone else remember the “hip,” jive-talking Autobots Skids and Mudflap? Let’s not Jar-Jar-up the Ninja Turtles, Mr. Bay. Please.
Sound off: What do you think? Is Bay just putting a spin on an old franchise, or is this just a train wreck waiting to happen?